Toledo Rockets (7-1) at Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 10, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas +6 -- Over/Under:
The Toledo Rockets will travel to Kelly/Shorts Stadium to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas this Tuesday night in College Football action.
The Toledo Rockets were outscored by a 13-3 margin in the 4th quarter and dropped their first game of the season (7-1 season, 4-1 MAC West) after being defeated 32-27 by the Northern Illinois Huskies. Toledo outgained Northern Illinois by a 427-401 margin but committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockers was RB Kareem Hunt who had 140 yards and 2 TD’s on 25 carries. On the season, Toledo is averaging 35.8 ppg on 465.5 yards per game (242.6 passing, 222.9 rushing). Toledo is led by a solid rushing attack which includes Kareem Hunt (97.80 yds/game, 5 TD), Terry Swanson (103.29 yds/game, 5 TD), and Damion Jones-Moore (56.00 yds/game, 5 TD). QB Phillip Ely is averaging 233.8 yds/game and has 16 TD and 9 INT on the season. The Rockets have a solid set of receivers that are led by Cody Thompson (2.9 rec/game, 61.4 yds/game, 4 TD), Corey Jones (5.4 rec/game, 51.4 yds/game, 4 TD) and Alonzo Russell (3.0 rec/games, 49.5 yds/game, 4 TD). Defensively, Toledo is holding opponents to an average of 18.3 ppg on 371.4 yards per game (246.5 passing, 124.9 rushing). Toledo has only been able to force 14 turnovers on the season but have protected the ball well as the Rockets have a turnover margin of plus 2. Leading the way defensively for the Rockets has been DL Orion Jones (40 tackles, 5.0 sacks).
The Central Michigan Chippewas won their 3rd straight game an improved to 5-4 (4-1 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Akron Zips, 14-6, this past Saturday. Central Michigan shut out the Zips offense in the 2nd half and held Akron to just 25 rushing yards in the victory. Leading the way for the Chippewas was WR Anthony Rush who had 105 yards and a TD on 9 receptions. On the season, Central Michigan is averaging 26.3 ppg on 392.2 yards per game (296.2 passing, 96.0 rushing). Leading the way for the Chippewas has been QB Cooper Rush who has 20 TD and 8 INT on the season while averaging 291.8 passing yards per game. Central Michigan currently has four receivers that average greater 50.0 yards per game and are led by Jesse Kroll (4.8 rec/game, 62.9 yds/game, 4 TD). Central Michigan’s rushing attack is led by Jahray Hayes (41.33 yds/game, 2 TD) and Matez Walker (30.13 yds/game, 2 TD). Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 21.7 ppg on 317.2 yards per game (182.1 passing, 135.1 rushing). The Chippewas currently have a turnover margin of plus 1 on the season and are led defensively by DB Kavon Frazier (76 tackles, 1 INT) and DL Blake Serpa (25 tackles, 3.0 sacks).
The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Toledo will be looking to bounce back after losing their first game of the season and although their strong rushing attack should be able to find some holes against the Chippewas defense, Central Michigan is a tough team to be at home. Central Michigan has one of the better QB in the MAC in Copper Rush leading their offense and I think Rush and the Chippewas defense will do enought to keep this one within the spread. Take Central Michigan and the points in this one.